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Cherry harvest wrapping up this week

OROVILLE – Cherry harvest should be wrapping up this week, with the overall quality of the crop excellent, according to Greg Moser, who manages the Gold Digger grower cooperative.

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Okanogan County picks up $37.4 million in new assessed value

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County picked up new construction valued at $37,412,700 in assessed valuation in the past 12 months, according to County Assessor Scott Furman.

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The Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol located south of the U.S.-Canada Port of Entry on the west side of Highway 97 took place on Tuesday, July 12. Among those participating in the shovel ceremony were the Dir

Breaking Ground for new Border Patrol Station

OROVILLE – The Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol located south of the U.S.-Canada Port of Entry on the west side of Highway 97 took place on Tuesday, July 12.

The new state-of-the-art secure facility meets eco-friendly LEED component certification and will be strategically located near the Oroville Port of Entry. The $15 million project supports operationally required expansion in staffing, technology and infrastructure. During the station’s year-long construction, the agents will be deployed full time on horse patrols, boat patrols, ATVs and snowmobiles and will be operating out of the current Oroville Station location.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune has new publisher

Sound Publishing, Washington’s largest publisher of community newspapers and NCW Media Inc. of Leavenworth, the largest publisher of community newspapers and specialty publications in North Central Washington have agreed to a strategic realignment of their individual newspaper holdings. Under the deal, which is effective Aug. 1, 2011, Sound will assume ownership of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and NCW will take ownership of the Wenatchee Business Journal in Wenatchee.

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Herbicides not approved for Lake Osoyoos milfoil control

OLYMPIA – Concerns have been raised recently over the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board’s application to use herbicides in Lake Osoyoos for Eurasian watermilfoil control.

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A young fan gets a lift to get a better view as the familiar green and yellow colors of a big John Deere gets ready to enter the competition to pull the sled last Saturday. Photo by Ashley Fox

Truck and Tractor Pull rocks Tonasket Rodeo Grounds

TONASKET – The Tonasket Comancheros and Superior Auto Parts is held a truck and tractor pull on Saturday, July 23 at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds.

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The Oroville Elementary School has received a fresh coat of paint over the summer.  Photo by Gary DeVon

Oroville School Board passes $7.2 million budget

OROVILLE – At their Monday, July 25 meeting the Oroville School Board passed a $7,181,000 operating budget for the 2011-12 school year based on a projected enrollment of 600 students.

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The Colville Confederated Tribes has loaned the Oroville EMS District an ambulance so that there will be two on duty while it is determined whether the damage to Unit 263 can be repaired. The CCT ambulance was loaned at no cost to the city or EMS district

Vendor approaches Oroville about jet ski rentals at Veteran’s Memorial Park

OROVILLE – David Castillo appeared before the Oroville City Council requesting permission to move his jet ski rentals to Lake Osoyoos Veteran Park.

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Toast of Oroville Wine Festival this Saturday

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Toast of Oroville Wine Festival will be held at City Park this Saturday, July 30 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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Bernadino Valle-Padilla (left) and Nikolas Perez-Patistan. OCSO photo

Authorities seek suspects in murder and attempted murder cases

OKANOGAN – Law enforcement authorities are seeking the whereabouts of two men, one believed involved in a murder and the other in an unrelated attempted murder and kidnapping in Okanogan County last week.

The first suspect is Nicolas Perez-Patistan, 25, Brewster, and he is wanted for the murder of Carlos Porras-Trujillo, 39, also of Brewster. Trujillo was killed during a fight in an orchard on Red Apple Road north of Brewster on Sunday, July 17. An autopsy conducted on July 21 revealed the cause of death was a head wound caused by blunt force trauma, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

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